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Old 04-17-2018, 01:06 PM
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So I've spent the past 3 years saying "I can't do this. I can't do that." Well no more. I can do this and I will do this. It won't be easy and I already know that I'll have limitations but I decided last week that I can become a scout leader and I will succeed.

All our kids are involved in the scouting program in some form. The younger ones are in beavers and cubs while the older two are in scouts. They do allot more camping backpacking canoeing etc. I won't be able to hike 3 miles with a pack on my back to get to a cabin but I can definitely bring my boat and get there that way. I can also use the side by side. So this weekend I'm heading out with the scout troop to a spring camp. We'll see how it goes. Looking forward to getting back to normal somewhat.
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So I've spent the past 3 years saying "I can't do this. I can't do that." Well no more. I can do this and I will do this. It won't be easy and I already know that I'll have limitations but I decided last week that I can become a scout leader and I will succeed.

All our kids are involved in the scouting program in some form. The younger ones are in beavers and cubs while the older two are in scouts. They do allot more camping backpacking canoeing etc. I won't be able to hike 3 miles with a pack on my back to get to a cabin but I can definitely bring my boat and get there that way. I can also use the side by side. So this weekend I'm heading out with the scout troop to a spring camp. We'll see how it goes. Looking forward to getting back to normal somewhat.
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What you can do is the normal for you right now Brian.
God is blessing you one step at a time.
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You sir, have my upmost respect.

Let us know how it goes and please, don't overdo it.
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Thanks. I'll try not to overdo it but chances are I probably will. Lol. Just nice to be getting back out there. I may not be able to do allot of things since my accident but I'm determined to get out there and find stuff I can do.
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On Friday we arrived at the scout camp to set up. 9 kids and 3 leaders. Kids in the first cabin and leaders in the second.
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One tradition at scout camp is to keep a fire going from morning till night in the fire pit.
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On Saturday morning we hiked down the road to see a set of falls.
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During the hike we went to inspect an old scouting campsite that hadn't been used in many years. We plan on using it in june at an all sections camp where everyone will be in tents.
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The scout camp has a big open field they use to setup tents for larger gatherings. There's a main kitchen cabin that can be used as well as 5 sleeping cabins with bunks.
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In the afternoon we spent time teaching the kids how to start fires using various methods other than a lighter or matches. One is a flint stone and steel wool. Another method is with charred cloth and a magnifying glass.
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Even though the camp has a fully equipped kitchen we cooked outside using Coleman stoves and over the campfire.
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The next camp will be a city wide all unit camp at the same location in June. That means beavers, cubs, scouts, venturers, and rovers all set up in the same field. There are approximately 4 groups of each category in the city. So there should be over 100 kids there.

We have 2 locations where we camp. The grey wolf camp (where we were this weekend) and the dog lake camp which is basically a log cabin 3 miles in from a dirt road. Our group is the only one left using that location.
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Looks like you survived and had a lot of fun with the kids!

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Yes. I survived. Not any more sore than I would be at home. This was a pretty relaxed camp though. The dog lake camp would be a different story. It's a 3 mile hike over a tight twisty trail to get there.
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Good job getting involved. I was adult leader the entire time my son was in Cub Scouts and Boys Scouts. Then spent some extra time helping a friends kid too(stayed on as adult leader).

I really enjoyed the time. Did lots of campouts, took the kids to cool places. Went to a number of Scout camps in Calif and Oregon(Camp Meriwether on the coast in Oregon is AWESOME! So is Fiesta Island in San Diego).

It really helps the kids to have active participating adult leaders. Even though it is Boy led, it helps to have supportive adults.

Did the Scoutmaster merit badge at a few different camps; it's nice when they have adult activities. Did the Camp Meriwether Frontiersman award. Lot of fun.

I'm a big supporter of Cub/Boy Scouts, 4H, Girl Scouts, and the those that help out in the programs. Some of those kids will be our next leaders, astronauts, civic leaders etc.

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That's awesome. The scouts seem to be an organization that stands for pretty much everything I believe in. I'm normally an all or nothing guy. When I was in high school I was part of a program very similar to scouts. I loved it and always dreamed of sharing that with my children. Now I can. We were planning the next camp tonight and going through the gear. I've been voluntold to bring the side by side since it's going to be an area camp they will need a leader to run between the camps delivering snacks and water for the kids.
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That's awesome. The scouts seem to be an organization that stands for pretty much everything I believe in. I'm normally an all or nothing guy. When I was in high school I was part of a program very similar to scouts. I loved it and always dreamed of sharing that with my children. Now I can. We were planning the next camp tonight and going through the gear. I've been voluntold to bring the side by side since it's going to be an area camp they will need a leader to run between the camps delivering snacks and water for the kids.
Brian, looks like you have found your calling!
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Yes. I'm enjoying it so far. Since my accident I spent a lot of time looking back and mourning the things I couldn't do anymore. This is the year of change for me. I've got a whole different outlook on life. Being a new scout leader has shown me that I still have lots to offer. Even if I can't do it all.
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